Friends of TPL

About the Friends:

Who we are:
Friends of the Troy Public Library is a member supported, non-profit organization that advocates, raises funds and provides critical support to the library. It reaches out to the community to create greater awareness of Library services and programs and gives the people of Troy the opportunity to invest in the success of the library by donating funds and by donating time through volunteering.  Since 1972 the Friends have been making a difference. Come join us.people using the library

What we do:

  • Operate The Bookseller, the used book store at the Lansingburgh Branch which helps raise funds for the library and distributes unsold books to community organizations
  • Underwrite the Summer Reading Program for children and teens and provide support for many on-going children’s events throughout the year,
  • Provide support for many of the library’s adult program including Shorts-Out-Loud
  • Underwrite the Museum Pass program providing free admission to area museums
  • Provide support for maintaining the appearance and upkeep of the buildings.
  • In addition, the Friends have underwritten purchases that enhance the Library buildings and the experience of the patrons. In 2018-19 these included:
    • Painting the Young People’s area
    • New shades for the Art Gallery and Book Seller
    • A match for the cost of LED lighting for the Lansingburgh Branch
    • Chairs for outdoor programming
    • Trimming, refurbishing the plantings at the Lansingburgh Branch

Be a Friend!

From the outreach work to the Book Seller, the Friends contribute in many ways to the library.

We invite you to lend your support and join the Friends. To join on-line visit the Friends Website or print out and complete the Friends of TPL application form.

Questions? Email the Friends of TPL:

For up to date information on Pop Up Book sales around town this Spring and Summer and other events, go tothe  Friends Website  ( or follow the Friends of the Troy Public Library on Facebook.

The Book Seller Hours:

  • BooksellerWednesdays: 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays: 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

The BookSeller, sponsored by the Friends of the Troy Public Library, is a place to buy gently used books at bargain prices. Most books are $1.00, with the exception of mass market paperbacks ($.50), children’s books and magazines ($.25 each). In addition to books, the BookSeller has a selection of DVDs, CDs and Audiobooks.

Book Donations

We are happy to accept donations of books or other materials that are in good condition. If we do not add the items to our collection, they will be sold to in the Book Seller.

Donation Guidelines:

  • Books or other materials in good condition
  • DVDs and CDs must be original copies in playable condition.
  • No magazines, encyclopedias, or Reader’s Digest Condensed Books.

Please place all donations in sturdy boxes or bags, and schedule large donations in advance or by contacting the Friends of TPL: If you would like a receipt for tax purposes, we can provide a dated acknowledgment of the donation, but cannot place monetary value on donated items.